Film institute awards a total of $150,000
The Tribeca Film Institute has tapped 10 documentary films to receive a total of $150,000 in grants from its TFI Documentary Fund.In its Monday announcement TFI said the selections were culled from 630 submissions from more than 40 countries. Three grants will be awarded to films in development: • “I Wuv You,” directed and produced by Alma Har’el (“Bombay Beach”). The film will follow people alongside their imaginary younger and older selves (portrayed by actors) in the midst of a love story that shapes their lives. • “The Lovers and the Despot,” directed by Ross Adam and Robert Cannan, produced by Sandra Whipham. Following the collapse of their glamorous, movie-world romance, a celebrity director and actress are kidnapped by dictator Kim Jong-Il. • “Teatro,” directed and produced by Jeff Malmberg, produced by Chris Shellen. Story follows an Italian farming town that turns inhabitants’ lives into a play in order to solve their problems and save their way of life. Three grants will be awarded to films in various stages of production: • “112 Weddings,” directed and produced by Doug Block, produced by Lori Cheatle. Block has supported his work by videotaping weddings and, approaching his own 25th wedding anniversary, revisits some of his most memorable couples to see how their marriages are faring. • “The Manor,” directed by Shawney Cohen, co-directed by Mike Gallay, produced by Paul Scherzer, exec produced by Laurie Gwen Shapiro. Cohen returns home to find his once “normal” family replaced by a strip-club-owner father, anorexic mother and sociopathic brother. • “The Race,” directed and produced by Daniel Gordon, exec produced by John Battsek. The film focuses on the 100-meter men’s final at the 1988 Seoul Olympics in which gold medalist Ben Johnson tested positive for anabolic steroids and scandal reigned. Four grants will be awarded to films in various stages of post-production: • “All of Me,” directed and produced by Alexandra Lesca. Pic focuses on several women choosing to have weight-loss surgery to lose hundreds of pounds. • “Cutie and the Boxer,” directed by Zachary Heinzerling, produced by Sierra Pettengill. Love story explores the bond between two New York-based, Japanese artists, Ushio and Noriko Shinohara, over the course of their chaotic 40-year marriage. • “Homegoings,” directed and produced by Christine Turner. Film explores the African-American funeral home, a 150-year-old institution that is now vanishing. • “Our Nixon,” directed and produced by Penny Lane and Brian Frye, exec produced by Dan Cogan and Jenny Raskin. Forty years after Watergate, “Nixon” contains the forgotten Super 8 home movies of Richard Nixon’s closest aides and convicted Watergate conspirators.